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MIDI is just a controller signal format. You can do pretty much anything with that – digital VST etc. instruments are nowadays most common, but there are also hardware synth units and even physical instruments you can control with MIDI, e.g. Disklavier. All these are in a sense MIDI instruments, though they aren't all digital. For keyboard instruments, ...


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No, there is no other term that I know of. The term "crossover" seems to be the term everybody uses, but sometimes they add "nylon-string" to make sure that people know they are not talking about guitars with steel strings. I have written extensively about crossover guitars on my blog, circa 2009. My first blog entry is here: ...


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use the bass note in left hand chord in right sort of thing, which is much different than my goals It would help if you could expand on this some more to know what you are after, but it sounds like you are after playing progressively more technically challenging pieces, and at least occasionally on your own. I will guess you also don't want to be ...


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It appears to be a variety of transverse flute, with the following distinctive features: a narrower-than-usual bore, finger holes higher-than-usual along the bore, and two holes where you would blow in. The narrow bore suggests it might be a bamboo instrument, and the finger hole spacing suggests a non-western scale. Looking for non-western bamboo flutes, I ...


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There is no $500 keyboard for professionals unless we are talking about the kind of keyboard that is demolished at the end of one performance. I am, however, still surprised that a keyboard with semi-weighted keys should have been advertised as "piano for professionals". There are semi-weighted keyboards for professionals, but they are not intended as a ...


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Forget it! If you are playing a large organ with 3 to 4 keyboards and upwards of 30 or 40 stops or more you may be eaten alive or worse - disappear for good. To play an organ well needs a lot of time and effort, without that you don't stand a chance against the beast. It won't sound right without using the pedal board and a least 2 manuals for the wedding ...


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It makes no difference to the sound or playability of an electric guitar whether you have rosewood or maple for the fingerboard. Did you know that the human eye has a blind spot that your brain fills in for you? Your hearing can be influenced by a number of factors. People lose high frequencies as they age. Volume changes what we hear and fatigue can set ...


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Dr. Hank got it right. Comparing a baritone horn and a euphonium is similar to comparing a trumpet and cornet, the trumpet being relatively cylindrical, a fad the cornet conical. Both baritones and euphoniums may have 3, 4, or 5 valves. I once had a Conn 5 valve, double bell instrument, from the early 1900's, which was a baritone horn, smaller bore, smaller ...


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This is a tricky question because instruments can be difficult for very different reasons. I think of it as two completely independent skills--the ability to produce a good tone, and the dexterity to navigate the technical challenges of the standard repertoire. For tone, instruments like piano are trivially easy. Guitar is fairly easy but there's at least ...


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I think the pipe organ is the easiest and the hardest. Easiest because no matter what you do you get beautiful sounds out of it, and it doesn't take long to get good enough to accompany hymns in church using just the manuals. Hardest because your left hand, right hand and feet are going 3 or 4 ways at once, you also have to work the swell pedal and make ...


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I'm not aware of any such ranking, and I think your analogy is somewhat flawed, in that the language rankings are ranking the difficulty of learning a 2nd language for a native English speaker, in other words somebody who is fully competent in one language already. I don't think the ability to differentiate tones versus playing an instrument is equivalent ...



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